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ammelum
« on: February 14, 2007 02:51:07 PM »

Okay so I'm just getting into scrapbooking.  I think I know what I'm doing, but I'm not comfortable with journaling.  Mainly because I don't like my handwriting. I also don't like writing directly on the page.  A friend suggested doing it on the computer and printing it out.  Does anyone else have any suggestions?  Also is the printer ink acid free?  Does the paper need to say photo safe or just acid free?  I have some from Staples and it does say acid free, but nothing about being photo safe.  Thank you in advance for the help.
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crafty_karen1
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2007 12:46:31 AM »

I tend to hand write all my journaling. I always attach the journaling to the page later rather than write straight onto the page. That way I can rewrite it as many times as I want. It's worth practising. The papers you use for your scrapbooking should be ok to print on just double check it first that way you don't have to worry about photo safe. Also if you hunt round the net you can usually find different fonts to download if you want something more than your computer has to offer. As for acid free I am pretty sure that will be photo safe but don't quote me on it.
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2007 04:55:42 PM »

I print my journaling out on vellum when I don't want to hand write it.

most cartons of ink will say if they are acid free.  you also could contact the ink manufacturer. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2007 08:13:58 PM »

Thank you.  I really like the vellum idea.  Thank you.
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2007 09:30:04 PM »

dafont.com is my favorite place to download fonts. They have basic fonts, fancy ones and really decorative ones. It's great even just for ideas.
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2007 09:59:19 PM »

dafont.com is my favorite place to download fonts. They have basic fonts, fancy ones and really decorative ones. It's great even just for ideas.

I love DaFont. Thanks to that website, I have over 500 fonts on my laptop.

The digbat fonts are good for clip arts too, just enlarge the font size to 100 or so. 

I tend to do my typed journals and headers in MS Publisher, that way I can squeeze as many as possible onto the page.  I also tend to use clip art a lot more than stickers lately, and I print those out on vellum, too.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2007 01:48:45 PM »

There is also a book out there buy I think Creative Keepsakes, "Learn To Love Your Own Handwriting."  It teaches you way to add a little "Flair" to your own writing if you like that on your pages.

I have also practiced calligraphy, which there is also a lot of books out there for.  I don;t do it exactly like the book says, but it is different when you develop your own style.

Also I like to use letter stickers, tiles and embellishments that they have so many of on my pages.

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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2007 09:33:04 AM »

I'm not crazy about my own handwriting either- but I use it anyways.  one day the grand kids (or other random descendants) will treasure it- because you did it!  I write out my journaling on a separate paper then attach to the page like craftykaren. 

When the journaling is looong, I have used the computer trick.  (like with the toast for my in-law's 50th anniversary party that my S-I-L gave.)  we cut a 12 x 12 scrapbook paper into 8x11 so it would go thru the printer, then found the font/ width/ spacing we liked. 

have fun!
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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2007 07:33:44 PM »

One thing I recently figured out is that if I type what I want to write on the computer and then put my piece of paper over the screen, it acts like a lightbox so I can then trace the words onto the paper.  That way the journaling can have the personal touch of being in your own writing, but a really neat and organized version of your own writing.  You can even trace really complicated fonts and everyone who looks at it will think you are some kind of calligraphy master! Also, you can use paper and ink that you know is acid free. 

I've also used this technique to trace larger letters that I could cut out.  It's a bit intricate, but much cheaper than buying a die-cut machine or something.

Good luck!
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Jennasaurus
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2007 08:50:32 PM »

I hate my handwriting too, but everyone else I show my pages to really likes that I use my own handwriting so I keep using it!

I agree with Marykz - someone will really appreciate your handwriting - no matter how bad you think it is Smiley
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